Tell me all your thoughts on God...
Or, all writing is creative writing.
Hey, you! Good thing this post is here.
You almost walked past a 50% discount on a wonderful eCourse!
I went to Staples today to get some “back-to-school” supplies for myself – one three-ring binder for coaching client notes and another for the Creative Training Facilitation I’m about to embark on with Jewish Studio Project. Also, fine Sharpies for writing on dividers, blank paper, and a three-pack of small moleskin journals as small surprise gifts for each of my family members.
Counting Blue Cars by Dishwalla was playing and I found myself singing along, remembering the mixtape my oldest sister had given me with that song in the mid-90s.
Tell me all your thoughts on God
'Cause I'd really like to meet her
At one point, I was standing at the end of an aisle when a man asked me if I needed help with anything. It took me a moment to realize he was a store employee.
“Actually, yes! Did I look like I needed help?” I asked.
“You looked pensive,” he responded, quite kindly. I thought this was observant of him.
”I’m looking for masking tape,” I told him. He led me to the tape aisle. When I told him what I was thinking of using it for – to write on the dividers in the binders in such a way that they would be reusable – he offered an alternative and we walked together to the wall of Post-It products, where I expressed my appreciation for his thoughtfulness and the suggestion.
As we each continued doing our respective things, he asked, “Are you a teacher?”
I said yes, but clarified that I’m a writing coach, not a school teacher.
The word “writing” was all it took.
“I like writing, but I’m no good at it,” the employee offered as he crouched across the aisle from me.
As soon as I responded that I hear that a lot, he added, “Well, maybe I’m not that bad… it’s just not really creative writing, more like just…” he gestured up at the ceiling, towards some invisible speakers piping in the music, “my thoughts on God.”
I told him that’s what much of my writing amounts to, too, and that in my estimation, all writing is creative writing.
A smile crossed his face, like the sun in a fast-moving break in the clouds. Later, as I was about to get in line, I saw him again and called out, “Keep writing!” He nodded.
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